The 2018 Kerala Flood: Best practices and lessons learnt
ISSN NO: 2347884-5
Vol NO: 20, issue 1-2, No. 139-140, 2020
Managing disasters requires a strong supporting multi-agency collaboration to undertake various types of tasks at various stages of the disaster management cycle (Sulaiman et al. 2019). Communication is a core component of disaster planning, response, and recovery. Numerous studies have documented a variety of factors that at times communication can pose barriers to inter-agency coordination. Drabek (1985) observes that inadequate communication during multi-organisational search and rescue networks constrain coordination. Different persons and different units create an overlap, redundancy and separation without coordination.
It is imperative to reconnoiter the potential best practices, lessons learned and way forward from the Kerala 2018 floods, which include community response to disaster risk reduction and institutionalising capacity building for flood risk management. In order to support this review the significance of social capital in initial response as first responder and the need of institutionalising this social capital is critically analysed. The paper also suggests a way forward for flood risk reduction.
The author is a Resilience Development Specialist, VSO Myanmar. firstname.lastname@example.org.
The article should be cited as Rai S., 2020. The 2018 Kerala Flood: Best Practices and Lessons Learnt, Geography and You, 20(1-2): 46-55